Monday, Aug. 21 - Join them for an eclipse viewing event.
During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the sun. "The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth". The sizes and distances of the sun and moon mean both take up about half a degree of the sky, about the width of a pinky finger at arm's length.
Some cultures ascribed a romantic confrontation between the sun and moon to explain eclipses while others believed it was actually a consummation of astrological affection.
Total solar eclipses occur at regular intervals, but each time a mere 0.5 percent of Earth's surface is totally obscured by the moon's shadow.
The eclipse is only expected to last about two minutes, but Bart Treece with Washington's Department of Transportation says visitors from BC need to be prepared for what he describes as a "multi-day" experience.
During totality, when the moon completely covers the sun, the daytime sky will darken by a factor of 1 million. Everyone on the continent will be able to view at least a partial eclipse. The times listed are set to the local time zone of the area the icon is over, and each icon shows what the Sun will look like at maximum eclipse for each location.
People in the path of the total eclipse can expect twilight-like darkness. Some observations also show wave-like TEC perturbations in small magnitude (~1 TECU) during eclipse as shown in the attached reference. A ideal set of conditions must exist for the Moon to pass directly between the Earth and the Sun, making solar eclipses very uncommon and total solar eclipses rarer still.
This astronomical event is a unique opportunity for scientists studying in the shadow of the Moon, but it's also a flawless opportunity to capture unforgettable images.
Any reliable source will sell or give you the correct glasses with an ISO logo and a statement attesting to their ISO 12312-2 compliance. The only safe way to view the partial eclipse is with these glasses, or by using the indirect pinhole method.
If you've already ordered glasses online, it might be a good idea to check when they're supposed to be delivered. The Earth moves into the shadow created by the moon.
Forget sunglasses. Certified eclipse glasses or hand-held viewers are a must for direct viewing.
The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (Citizen CATE) project, led by Matt Penn at the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Ariz., will take full advantage of that time.
"It's a big event".
Washington's Department of Transportation is anxious about what will happen if thousands of British Columbians head to OR to watch the solar eclipse later this month.
How can I look at it safely?
Newman attributes Americans' fascination with the eclipse to their love of science fiction, and she said the library will have eclipse-related learning activities available as well. Still, a total eclipse provides an ideal natural experiment that can help researchers learn how important light cues are to different critters, Benoit-Bird said.